Fireworks and more mark Independence Day in Bradenton

July 3, 2013 

PAUL VIDELA/pvidela@bradenton.com Cozied up in their folding chairs, Peter and Kimberly Maroon of Parrish watch the fireworks on the Manatee River with their children Nicholas, Courtney and Brittney. Hundreds of people crowded along Bradenton's Riverwalk to enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks, many arriving hours early despite the rain to secure a good viewing spot.

PAUL VIDELA — Paul Videla

FOURTH OF JULY PLANNER

Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix: various locations, Sarasota

JULY 4: A special Independence Day fireworks show at dusk, with viewing along Sarasota Bayfront Park.

JULY 5-6: Powerboats by the Bay display featuring live entertainment and food vendors noon-5 p.m. July 5 and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 6 at Centennial Park, 10th Street and U.S. 41; free.

JULY 5: Festival Parade of Boats and "Boats by the Bay" Downtown along Main Street, 5 p.m.-midnight. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Food and beverage vendors and live entertainment.

JULY 6: "Meet and Greet Who's in the Drivers Seat" reception, featuring participating race teams and special guests, 10 a.m.-noon at the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota; $5 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free.

JULY 6: "Finz Finds Scenic Bounty Ride" with registration at 9:30 a.m. at Jennette Properties, 5899 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota.

JULY 6: "Miss Super Boat Grand Prix" Bikini Contest, 3-4:30 p.m. at Centennial Park.

JULY 6: "Pre-Race" Party and Fashion Show, 6-11 p.m. at Hyatt Regency; $15.

JULY 7: The annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Race will be held in two heats, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., off Lido Beach between New Pass and Big Pass.

For tickets, admission, registration and a full schedule of events, visit www.suncoastoffshore.org.

Chiles Restaurant Group's Independence Day Celebration: various locations, Manatee County

The Chiles Restaurant Group will host its annual Fireworks Extravaganza shortly after dark July 3 at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach; and July 4 at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria. The events are free and open to the public. Seating and parking are available on a first-come, first-served basis. VIP party packages are available and include specialty beverages, parking passes, front row seating and a buffet-style dinner. Information: 941-779-2222 for the BeachHouse or 941-778-8709 for the Sandbar, or www.groupersandwich.com/events for both locations.

Anna Maria Island Privateers Fourth of July Parade: Coquina Beach and Bayfront Park

The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold their annual Fourth of July Parade starting at 10 a.m. at Coquina Beach and traveling the entire length of Anna Maria Island to Bayfront Park. There will be an after-parade gathering noon-4 p.m. at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, featuring live music. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: http://amiprivateers.org.

Tarpon Pointe Grill and Tiki Bar Fourth of July Celebration: 901 Riverside Drive E., Bradenton

Tarpon Pointe Grill and Tiki Bar will host a Fourth of July celebration with a backyard barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. July 4. A special fireworks display will start shortly after dark. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children ages 8 and younger, children ages 2 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-746-8700 or www.tarponpointegrill.com.

Palmetto's annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks: Lamb and Sutton Park, 1006 Sixth St. W., Palmetto

The Village People, now in their 36th year of celebrating the glitzy, campy lifestyle of the late 1970s, are headlining this year's Fourth of July Celebration in Sutton Park. They'll be joined by the Guess Who, the Canadian rockers who steadily inhabited the charts and the airwaves in the 1960s and '70s with such hits as "No Sugar Tonight" and "American Woman." The festivities, which include offerings from local vendors and which culminate in a fireworks display, get under way at 5 p.m. Admission is free. There will be craft vendors. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-723-4988.

"Tropical Fourth of July": Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave. Sarasota

Celebrate America's birthday in a tropical setting beginning at 6 p.m. July 4. Guests can enjoy a variety of outdoor fare and refreshments for purchase and join activities for kids of all ages. Live music will be provided by Impulse. Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs and lawn blankets for prime fireworks viewing. Coolers are not permitted. Admission: $17 members, $20 nonmembers and member guests, free for children ages 11 and younger. Information: 941-366-5731.

Fourth of July fireworks and pig roast: Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton

Bring the entire family for the most awesome waterfront Fourth of July party in town and Rock-the-River with live music 6-10 p.m. July 4. The event features a pig roast and fireworks right after dark. Cost: $49.95 adults, $14.95 children ages 11 and younger. Reservations are required. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Valet parking is available. Information: 941-748-8087.

Sail Pavilion Fourth of July Weekend Celebration: 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa

Sail Pavilion will be celebrating the Fourth of July with a long weekend of fun and excitement 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 4 and 6 with live entertainment and Red Bull Wake Open practice sessions, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 5 with live entertainment, food trucks and Red Bull Wake Open followed by fireworks. The Red Bull Wake Open features 36 riders from seven countries competing in a variety of wakeboarding and watersport events. Information: 813-373-1193.

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